WINTER CONCERT SERIES 2023
We are so excited to announce four concert dates at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence! As always, these concerts are on Sundays at 3pm with Admission by Donation.
LOCAL PIANIST, CYNTHIA FLANAGAN IN CONCERT AT THE HISTORIC 1908 COURTHOUSE, SUNDAY, APRIL 30TH AT 3PM
The Arts Council of the Twin Counties presents the final concert of their Winter Concert Series with Cynthia Flanagan on piano with an afternoon of “Chopin’s Music to Remember” on Sunday, April 30th at 3pm at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence. A reception will follow the performance, and admission to the concert is free of charge, though donations are gratefully accepted at the door. Cynthia Flanagan is a pianist and independent piano teacher in Hillsville, Virginia where she maintains a private piano studio, teaching students of all ages in group and individual lessons. She is the music director/pianist at Christ Church in Pulaski, Virginia. She serves as the accompanist for the Galax City School choirs and the Missoula Children’s Theatre productions through the Arts Council of the Twin Counties. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music and nursing and is certified in injury-preventive keyboard technique. The Sunday, April 30th concert will feature the music of Chopin, with some very recognizable pieces, including the Polonaise in G minor, the Waltz in D-Flat Major, the Nocturne in E minor and the Mazurka in A minor. Joining Cynthia will be her daughter, Brie Flanagan on one of the numbers.
AWARD-WINNING SONGWRITER, ANDREW McKNIGHT IN CONCERT AT THE HISTORIC 1908 COURTHOUSE, SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH AT 3PM
The Arts Council of the Twin Counties is thrilled to announce the return of Andrew McKnight and can’t wait for his afternoon of “Musical Missives of Hope & History” on Sunday, April 16th at 3pm at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence. A reception will follow the performance, and admission to the concert is free of charge, though donations are gratefully accepted at the door. Award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and storyteller Andrew McKnight’s solo performances are powerful and entertaining one-man theatre, delivered with the warmth and down-home comfort native to his northern Virginia Blue Ridge home. He weaves his finely-crafted songs and nimble flatpicking together with humorous stories and poetic drama, while the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, spooky slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, and rustic folk. His shows are as likely to include humorous songs written with kindergarteners as some of his powerful collaborations with combat veterans coping with PTSD. McKnight brings dynamic elements to his show from his album and book Treasures in My Chest; a cast of spellbinding songs and stories drawn from his own recent journeys into family history. Accompanied by three guitars, a dobro, Native American flute and an African hand drum (some with their own remarkable stories), the stage comes alive with intimate detail and vibrant lyricism. From placing you in the footsteps of his doomed Civil War ancestor Aretas Culver, to finding sparks of hope in the long winter nights on the shores of mid-1800s County Down, his vision, voice and pen have created a mesmerizing sweet spot deeply familiar to anyone who’s wondered, “who am I and where did I come from?”
Previous 2023 concerts included Dr. Robert Trent, Classical Guitarist on February 19th, and the Radford University Guitar and Mariachi Ensembles on March 26th.